To fund her plan to leave the circuit, Hope concocts an unusual and effective sales ploy, one which earns her money, makes her a friend out of the soon-to-be-famous Buster Keaton, and teaches her a great deal about herself and what she finds most important Along the way, the book raises some good questions and has some great moments like this one early on:
Standing onstage was akin to standing in a box of sun: bright, hot, and full of squint and sweat. (10)and this passage a few pages later about her Whitman and Thoreau quoting father:
He gestured to the seat opposite him and smiled such a warm smile, my cold thoughts about his getting fired melted a bit, and I was afraid they might pour right out of my mouth and puddle on the floor between us. (19)Besides the good lines, there is also solid research backing this book, and real headlines from newspapers of the time punctuate each chapter. Though it used some gimmicks to get us there, the book actually taught me a lot about an event and a culture I knew little about before. Overall, it was a fun and interesting read, and I'm glad to have been introduced to Tubb and her work. She agreed to answer a few questions for the blog, so look for our conversation tomorrow.